Old Testament In a Year: June 21 – Proverbs 30, 31

Proverbs 30, 31
Focus Verse: Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. – Proverbs 31:9

These words were spoken by a mother to her son, who was a king, but they apply to us all. Regardless of what your status is in life, you have a responsibility to not only speak up for yourself, but to also speak up for others.

Be a mouth for those who are mute; an ear for those who are deaf; an eye for those who are blind; hands and feet for those who are physically impaired.

Advocate for the rights of those who are destitute. Defend the rights of those who are poor and needy. We are all children of God and siblings of one another. Our Heavenly Father requires us to be concerned about others by doing justly, loving kindness, and walking humbly with Him.


Old Testament In a Year: June 20 – Proverbs 27, 28, 29

Proverbs 27, 28, 29
Focus Verse: The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion. – Proverbs 28:1

The righteous are not bold because of their own goodness. They are bold because of the God who lives in them.

To the righteous, God has not given a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and self-control. When one has a personal relationship with God and lives daily in His grace and love, they will never have reason to be afraid of anything or anyone. They know their Savior and Father can help them meet any difficulty, carry them safely through any storm, and lift them victoriously over any difficulty.

When you become a child of God, you will no longer be a slave to fear. Instead, you will be made righteous in God’s perfection and have His strength to live fearlessly and walk boldly.

Old Testament In a Year: June 19 – Proverbs 25, 26

Proverbs 25, 26
Focus Verse: Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back on him who starts it rolling. – Proverbs 25:27

What you give out, is what you will take in. In other words, how you treat others is ultimately how you will be treated.

So, treat others with kindness, respect, and love. Instead of digging a pit (through words, social posts, or actions) for someone to fall into, build a bridge for someone to cross over. Instead of rolling stones down a hill, try removing stones to make the way easier for others to climb.

Old Testament In a Year: June 18 – Proverbs 22, 23, 24

Proverbs 22, 23, 24
Focus Verse: The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all. – Proverbs 22:2

God is the great equalizer of human beings.

Because He made us all – the rich and the poor, the educated and the uneducated, the slave and the free – no one is better than another. He has placed us all in this thing called life together so that we can help and hold each other, because none of us can make it in this world alone.

Despite our differences, we are sisters and brothers in one family, daughters and sons of one Father.

Old Testament In a Year: June 17 – Proverbs 19, 20, 21

Proverbs 19, 20, 21
Focus Verse: To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. – Proverbs 21:3

Many people who are followers of Jesus the Christ are quick to say that they are willing to sacrifice their lives, or die, for Him. But Christ wants to know if we are willing to live for Him.

Are you willing to live in kindness with others? He asks. Are you willing to do righteousness and justice each day when you awake? Are you willing to walk by faith? Are you willing to forgive, love, and serve others?

Living out your faith is just as important and valuable to Me as dying for your faith.

Old Testament In a Year: June 16 – Proverbs 16, 17, 18

Proverbs 16, 17, 18
Focus Verse: Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. – Proverbs 16:20

If you read and obey the Word of God, you will be among those who experience goodness and success throughout your life. Since God is the creator, giver, and sustainer of life, is it not wise to follow the guide that He has given in His Holy Word?

Do not trust in your own ingenuity or knowledge, but trust in the Lord. Then you will be blessed in all you do.

Old Testament In a Year: June 15 – Proverbs 13, 14, 15

Proverbs 13, 14, 15
Focus Verse: Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. – Proverbs 14:31

Because we are all made in the image of God, when one person oppresses another person or when one person insults another person, that person is also insulting God.

But when one person is kind to another person or when one person gives to another person, that person is also being kind and giving to God.

So, respond to others with kindness, love, and respect because how you treat others is how you treat God.

Old Testament In a Year: June 14 – Proverbs 10, 11, 12

Proverbs 10, 11, 12
Focus Verse: No ill befalls the righteous, but the wicked are filled with trouble. – Proverbs 12:21

Following God and doing what is right does not mean you will never experience trouble or difficulty. But whatever trouble or difficulty you do experience, will not last forever.

The trouble of those who are wicked is eternal.

The trouble of those who are righteous is temporary. You will be helped through such times, and ultimately you will be delivered out of all trouble.

But the wicked will be overwhelmed by trouble, and ultimately destroyed by it.

Old Testament In a Year: June 13 – Proverbs 8, 9

Proverbs 8, 9
Focus Verse: Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. – Proverbs 8:23

In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth.

Before the beginning, God created wisdom.

It was with wisdom that God shaped the mountains, brought forth the hills, made the fields, and established the heavens. It was with wisdom that God made the skies firm, established the fountains of the deep, assigned to the sea its limit, and marked out the foundations of the earth.

It was with wisdom that God created you and shaped you in His image.

So, ask God to give you wisdom. Then your life will be blessed and you will obtain favor from the Lord.